A woman from Liverpool claims she nearly lost her nose after a non-surgical cosmetic procedure went wrong.
Leah Morton, 26, was left horrified after she was injected with a beauty filler which caused the skin on her face to rot.
The 26-year-old, who appeared on ITV’s This Morning, agreed for the work to be carried out by a salon she found on Instagram.
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She claims she narrowly avoided losing her nose and lips after contracting an illness which caused her flesh to ‘rot’ after undergoing the filler treatment.
Speaking to This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Leah detailed her ordeal which has left her feeling anxious and unable to sleep.
She said: “I always hated the shape of my nose, it had a small bump there and came out.
“I’d seen a lot on Instagram, so there was nose filler which is quite common. I thought it was a cheap alternative to surgery so I thought it would be a good idea.
“I’d been to the salon, it’s a nice shop, it’s in Liverpool, it’s well known and my friend had been. I put my trust in them, they have a lot of Instagram followers.”
Leah said she realised something was wrong almost immediately, adding: “So as soon as I went home the skin started to go white on the tip of my nose but it wasn’t until I went to sleep that night I put my head down and I felt so much pressure on my face.
“I was having nightmares all night that my nose was falling off and it was a warning sign to say something was wrong.”
Leah said: “I wasn’t told of any warnings or dangers. I wasn’t aware of any risks and complications.
“The girls who done it said ‘I’m not going to be losing any sleep over it, neither should you. If you are worried you can go and see my friend tomorrow who is a nurse and she will put some dissolver in for you’.
“I went to see her friend and this wasn’t until 1pm the next day so my nose had been left for two days and really you’re meant to get the dissolver within seven hours.
“Even with her friend, when she tried to dissolve it she’d never done it before and it was the most excruciating pain I’ve ever been through in my life.
“The needle was getting stabbed in, she was massaging the end of it, it was the most painful thing ever.
“When I got home I could still feel the pressure so I went to bed and when I woke up on the Sunday I had white blisters around it, and that was the start of the tissue dying.”
Leah recalled being told there was a chance she could lose her nose, adding: “I went to see the consultant clinic to get it dissolved and then they sent me to the hospital but when I got to the hospital the doctor didn’t recognise it as Necrosis. She tried to say it’s just a skin infection, go home and contact your GP if it gets any worse.
“If I would’ve gone home that evening I would’ve lost the tip of my nose. It started spreading down to my lip.”
Leah explained how she had been left scarred by the ordeal both physically and mentally. She said: “It was horrible because I’m usually a confident girl, I talk a lot, I’m really bubbly and for the last two months I’ve been really anxious. I can’t sleep at night. I keep having nightmares and I don’t want to go out.”
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Aesthetics Doctor Vincent Wong who also appeared on the show warned of the dangers against non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
He said: “I’m very angry this has happened but to be completely honest with you I’m not shocked because of how unregulated this industry is. It is just a timebomb waiting to explode.
“You can easily buy a box of fillers online without any background check, without any qualifications and it’s perfectly legal, how shocking is that?”